New Foot-and-Mouth Cases in Kavango West

THE Directorate of Veterinary Services (S) has detected new cases of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the Kavango West region’s Mpungu constituency.

The new cases were detected while the S was undertaking surveillance in the area of the Mpungu constituency which borders on the Ohangwena region, where there was an outbreak of FMD last month.

The outbreak of FMD was also detected in some parts of Oshikoto, Oshana, and Omusati regions.

Chief animal health technician within the Directorate of Veterinary Services in the Kavango East region Veikko Hausiku told Nampa yesterday that the first 18 FMD cases were detected on 7 June at two farms in the Ukwangali Traditional Authority that borders on Ohangwena.

Hausiku said the S has now started vaccinating all livestock in the Ukwangali Traditional Authority that borders Ohangwena, with the vaccination campaign set to go on until Thursday.

According to the Chief Animal Health Technician, the vaccination will be extended eastwards of the Ukwangali Traditional Authority, depending on the availability of the vaccine.

The surveillance was necessitated as the cattle in the Ohangwena region often cross into the Mpungu constituency to graze, hence the need to inspect them and establish whether FMD has spread to that part of the Kavango West region.

Hausiku called on farmers to bring their cattle to crush pens to be vaccinated against FMD.

The first cases of the disease were detected at the Ondama Yomunghete crush pen on 11 May 2015, and at the Okalupalona and Onehanga crush pens on 12 May, while more cases were detected on 13 May at the Okakango village in the Okankolo constituency in the Oshikoto region.

As a result of the outbreak, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry imposed a ban on the marketing of cattle and cattle products in the north-central regions of Namibia.

The movement of animals have also been restricted and abattoirs in those regions are negatively affected.

Government is said to be spending about N$119 million on the vaccination of close to 1,2 million head of cattle against FMD.

FMD is spread by the movement of infected animals and animal products. Contaminated vehicles, clothes, shoes and other objects can also contribute to the spread of the disease. – Nampa

Source : The Namibian